Making friends sometimes isn't as easy as we would all hope it was. In fact, most adults might feel like it was easier to make friends when they were adolescents. Walking up to a kid during lunch or recess when we were children was usually easy, simple, and painless. It was even easy to meet new people on a constant basis in college, where making friends in class or on a sports team was simple. But when you're a working adult, it's harder just to put yourself out there and try and spark a friendship with a total stranger. It'd be weird if you walked up to a random person in the park and asked them if they wanted to hang out, right? Right. For these reasons, adults need alternative methods to making friendships in the real world. Fortunately for you friend seekers out there, we've dug up seven ways to find friends in today's world. Hopefully, you find that this article gives you the push and the help that you need.
Remember back in college and high school where it was so easy to make friends with the person sitting next to you in class? You guys automatically had something in common because you're enrolled in the same class, learning the same things, sitting with the same people, listening to the same teacher. Well, don't let the learning stop when you graduate from school! There are a ton of cool classes you can enroll in as an adult to take on a new hobby, get educated on something that interests you, and of course, make new friends. Whether it's a cooking class, a French class, or painting, all of these courses would be an awesome way to meet new people and start new friendships.
This trick to meeting new friends kills two birds with one stone: you're meeting new people while getting in shape. Who wouldn't want that? While it might be awkward to walk up to someone while they're doing crunches, making friends in a group exercise class is way more casual and natural. Whether it's Zumba, pilates, spin or yoga, most exercise classes have a group of regulars that you'll see every time you go. Put yourself out there and introduce yourself, and before you know it, your small talk between reps could turn into coffee after the gym.
Social networking is super great for meeting new friends because essentially the world is your oyster. Billions of different potential interactions with so many different people are right at your fingertips. If you find a blog on a subject you're passionate about, like cooking or politics, comment on the post and start conversations with other users. If you're not into blogging, then use Facebook or other social media sites to get more involved with the online friends you've fallen out of touch with. Comment, like, and share their stuff, and who knows- that interaction could turn into more friendly conversations.
Volunteering is an awesome way to give back to your community, feel rewarded, and also to meet new people. The best way to go about this is to volunteer for a cause or organization that you feel passionate about because that way you're meeting others who care about the same things you do. Volunteering has you doing a lot of interactive activities, so it's a great way to bond with new people and form connections.
Unless you're an intense hermit, or are severely antisocial, you probably have at least a few friends. Throw a barbecue, dinner party, or themed get together and invite all your friends and encourage them to invite whoever they want. This strategy is bound to get you to meet at least a dozen new people, which means making new connections and potentially making awesome friends.
There are obviously a million reasons why traveling is simply amazing, but one of them is meeting new people and gaining lifelong friendships. Traveling alone isn't weird at all anymore, and staying in hostels is the perfect way to meet new travelers. Hostels are different from hotels because you're sharing your living space with people you don't know, and they're much cheaper. Most even have activities for guests so that they can bond and get to know each other. It's the perfect way to meet other individuals while exploring a new place.
Concerts and music festivals are a great place to meet new people and make new friends because practically everyone is in a great mood, and everyone is a bit drunk. Festivals like Coachella and Burning Man are all about the love and are environments of friendship, community, and happiness. Use the friendly and enjoyable environment mixed with great music and food to put yourself out there and make friends.
Some people aren't into building friendships with the people you work with, but you're limiting yourself if you don't. Your co-workers are people you see almost every single day, so why wouldn't you want to have a friendly connection with them too? Having friends at work will work in your favor in more ways than one. Not only will you have new friends in general, but you'll have someone you can confide in and relate to about professional things.
To close our list up, this is the main way you'll be able to make friends. It's simple and straightforward, but this simple thinking can take you far. Let yourself be open to the idea of making friends anywhere, anytime. That always means being kind, friendly, and even simply smiling. Go out of your way to help people and connect with people. This lifestyle change will certainly not push people out of your life, and will hopefully draw more into your life.